Tuesday, February 18, 2020

1981 Topps Tom Seaver

The front: Great action photo. I’m not sure of the location, even whether it’s spring training or the regular season.

The back: Seaver’s lengthy career leaves no room for a blurb.

The player: One of the greatest pitchers of all time, Seaver won at least 20 five times. He led the league in ERA three times, and his 2.86 career ERA is third lowest since 1920. He was a twelve-time All Star and won three Cy Young Awards. His nine consecutive 200-strikeout seasons (1968-1976) are the major league record. In 656 games he went 311-205 with 3,640 strikeouts.

The man: After his career Seaver had a long career as an announcer, including several years for the Yankees, as all great Mets must become a Yankee at some point. Unfortunately, Seaver’s family announced in 2019 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia and would be retiring from public life.

My collection: I have 39 of his cards, from 1973 to 1987. I would be interested in trading for 1967 Topps #581 (wishful thinking!), 1968 Topps #45, 1969 Topps #480, 1970 Topps #300, 1971 Topps #160 and 1972 Topps #445.

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